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  • ID: I56129
  • Name: Wiley Pope Harris
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 09 NOV 1818
  • Death: 03 DEC 1891
  • Note:
    Wiley Pope Harris (November 9, 1818 - December 3, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.

    Wiley was born in Pike County, Mississippi the year after Mississippi was granted statehood. Wiley?s parents died when their children were very young. Wiley was adopted by his uncle, Wiley Pope Harris, for whom he was named.

    Born near Holmesville, Mississippi, Harris attended the common schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He was graduated from the law department of Transylvania College, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1840. He was admitted to the bar in 1840 and commenced practice in Gallatin, Mississippi. Circuit judge of the second district 1844-1850. He served as member of the State constitutional conventions in 1850, 1861, and 1890.

    Harris was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1854. He resumed the practice of law in Jackson, Mississippi. He served as Member of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States in 1861. He continued the practice of law in Jackson, Mississippi, and died there on December 3, 1891. He was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

    1870 United States Federal Census
    Name: Wiley P Harris
    Age in 1870: 52
    Birth Year: abt 1818
    Birthplace: Mississippi
    Home in 1870: Jackson, Hinds, Mississippi
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Jackson
    Household Members: Name Age
    Wiley P Harris 52
    Fannie Harris 40
    James bawnne Harris 18
    Mary Harris 16
    Cynthia Harris 14
    Wiley P J Harris 10
    Fannie Harris 8
    Cynthia Mayes 19
    Mary Jane Mayes 14
    Mary Canon 40

    Father: Early Harris
    Mother: Mary Vivian Harrison

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